Harker Heights, Texas 76548
I have been recently researching my family history, and found my great-great-great-great grandmother's
headstone at the following link on this website:
The grave is located at Hickory Grove/Garza Cemetery, and I was inquiring on how to get to the cemetery
and also for permission to get on the land where the grave is located.
Any information would be helpful.
Standard reply - email forwarded to MCHC members and others interested in MC history
I'm glad that Jerry Caywood, our MCHC website administrator, forwarded your inquiry to my wife Beth, and
myself. She is responsible for finding your ancestors headstones in the thick woods outside the reasonably
cleared cemetery grounds. Why she was wandering out there, I'll never know. Great way to get snake bit.
If you'll note attachment #1, you'll see that the County Road 306 is a loop road off of Hwy 79 between
Thorndale and Rockdale. Should you be traveling through Thorndale, the west end of CR 306 is approximately
seven and one half miles east of downtown Thorndale. Once you turn left (north) on CR 306 Off Hwy 79, proceed
approximately 1.6 miles to the Arthur and Sharon Garza Mobile home on the left. The dirt road to the right of
their home leads to the Garza and Hickory Grove Cemeteries. The Garza property must be accessed to travel to
the cemetery. The Garza's are a wonderful couple and have been very accommodating to cemetery guests. Their
Tel. number is listed in the Milam County Red Telephone Book, but I would prefer to send it to you in a
Attachments # 2 and 3 will give you a better perspective of the cemetery's location. I left them in landscape
so that the larger size would be more legible. Obviously, I'd recommend printing the same.
Upon entering the cemetery from the front gate, proceed straight to the rear of the cemetery and to the left.
There will be a cleared section outside what appears to be the normal boundary of the cemetery. That's where
you'll find your ancestors plot. We never probed in that vicinity, so there's no telling what else may be
buried there. It might be a rewarding treasure hunt for you, should you decide to give it a try.
It has been over two years since we mowed, string trimmed and cut up the dead fallen trees and put them in
numerous burn piles. I seriously doubt that anyone has taken any maintenance effort in the cemetery since
then. Should you have access to a String trimmer with a brush cutter head attachment, I believe that it would
be a good idea to bring it along. Long pants and gloves go without saying. Watch out that you don't step in
one of the many dillo holes.
When you visit, I'd highly recommend that you take in the G.A. (George) Doss and August Doss, large petrified
tree trunk headstones. The beautiful large shells adorning it are impressive. It's easily seen in the east
(right) side of the cemetery. They're my personal favorite headstones in all of Milam County. I understand
that when they were originally placed, there was a canopy over each of them.
Let me know if I may be of further assistance.
Jack and Beth Brooks